Police: Crime down in Old Town in spite of shooting

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WICHITA, Kansas — In spite of a shooting over the weekend that left Kolby Hopkins, 25, dead and six others injured, police say crime in most major categories is down from last year.

The biggest drop can be found in assault cases. In 2012, police worked 174 simple assault cases. This year, they’ve seen 105 with a drop of nearly 40 percent.

Aggravated assaults are dramatically down as well with 37 in 2012 compared to 21 in 2013.

After several high-profile crime cases in Old Town last year, police have stepped up their efforts in the entertainment district by building better relationships with bars and businesses.

“We’re actively involved with looking at our procedures,” said Capt. Troy Livingston. “We’re reviewing our police practices and always maintaining a relationship with the community and the people who work down there.”

With Hopkins death, homicides are up in Old Town with two this year compared to one homicide in 2012. There were two rapes in the area in both 2012 and 2013.

Disorderly conduct cases are similar with 46 last year compared in 44 in 2013.

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